By: Isiah Magsino
New York weather never ceases to amaze me with how unpredictable it can be. Polar vortex one week, springtime the next. What’s it going to be? Though I was braving the outdoors with five layers on a few days ago, sweat annoyingly began to form on my forehead as I waited in line of Dyne’s fall/winter presentation earlier today.
In a very large glass convention center room at the Fashion institute of technology, Dyne presented their fall/winter collection playing off the name of their venue.
Surrounded by an overwhelming amount of people, mannequins dispersed in each corner of the square floor plan with the center of the room having literal junk in the middle—well junk but “make it fashion.”
On these mannequins, Nylon and other tech-y fabrics were molded into shapes that alluded to the futuristic fashion audiences can see on the Sci-fi network. However, unlike the Tron allusions found in Kim Jones’ latest Dior menswear collection, this collection seemed to have taken place in a future not to distant from now, as the combination of styling and clothes created a hybrid of chic space outfits and gym clothes (has Equinox gone to far?).
Initially, there was no feeling of the punctum that philosopher, Roland Barthe, wrote about. This punctum ultimately refers to the extreme spark of interest that is felt after looking at an image. However, after learning about the interactive component of their collection, I’ve concluded that Dyne has done something incredibly interesting this season.
Dyne’s fall/winter collection is composed of more than simple piece of fabrics put together. Instead, a relationship between technology and apparel is found within the small collection. When one of the staff members placed their phone against what seemed to be a barcode found on the shoulder of the garment, information on the components of the clothes were translated onto the phone screen.
Though to some this might seem menial, the potential of this technology on clothing is seemingly exponential. Who needs an apple watch when your jacket can monitor the miles you’ve ran? Though the aesthetic for me was not there, incorporating technology in fashion is something completely foreign to me and I’m interested in seeing the progression Dyne makes in the future.
Keeping Dyne on my radar, I’ll be completely sold the day the technology in their clothes includes free flights and UberEats services.